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25th Anniversary Seminar

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IER 25th Anniversary Seminar:

Aspects of the British Economy and Society in the 21st Century

7th December 2006

University of Warwick

The Institute was founded in 1981. To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Institute, a series of events have been held, including a seminar entitled Aspects of the British Economy and Society in the 21st Century.

Details of the seminar are provided below:

The seminar was based around the theme of changes in the structure of the economy and society. There is increasingly importance attached to the rise of an hour-glass shaped labour market with some forecasters predicting many highly skilled and qualified employees at the top and many at the bottom of the occupational ladder at risk of social exclusion. But this prescription is not accepted by everyone. The seminar addressed issues relating to the consequences of changes in the labour market for various aspects of society.

The day was arranged around the following speakers and presentations:

Session 1

 Rob Wilson (Deputy Director, IER)

(PDF Document) Skills for the 21st Century: An assessment of prospects for the labour market and meeting the challenges of international competition and social cohesion.

Session 2

Richard Brown (Director, CIHE)

A) (PDF Document) Competitiveness and Skills in post-industrial Britain.

Professor Ewart Keep (University of Cardiff/SKOPE)

B) (PDF Document) Relative Successes and Failures of the UK VET system

Session 3

Professor Francis Green (University of Kent)

A) (PDF Document) The Quality of working life and the intensification of work

Michael Orton (University of Warwick)

B) (PDF Document) Work, Welfare and Deprivation

Session 4

Bernard Casey (Cass Business School) 

A) (PDF Document) Living Longer; Working Longer? Reflections on morbidity in the light of a rising pension age

Professor David Smith (University of Edinburgh) 

B) (PDF Document) Inequality and Crime

Session 5

Professor Robert Lindley (Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Warwick/Director, IER). 

Concluding session.


(PDF Document) A copy of the Attendee list is available here

For further information regarding the seminar, please contact IER.